Election Protection Fields Nearly 900 Calls During November 5th Election
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 5, 2013 -- The nationwide nonpartisan Election Protection suite of hotlines received nearly 900 calls from across the country and deployed field volunteers at the polls in VA, NY, MI, MN and PA. The hotlines, 1-866-OUR-VOTE, 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA, and 1-888-API-VOTE, received a steady stream of calls throughout the day with voters seeking information as well as assistance on a range of issues
“Even though this was an off-year election, calls received during this year’s elections reflect a continuing trend of recurring election administration problems, including machine failures, misinformation by poll workers, and voter registration problems,” said Lawyers’ Committee Project Co-Director Marcia Johnson-Blanco. “As usual, the hotline also received a large number of requests for information regarding polling place locations and registration status.”
As expected, Election Protection received a large number of calls from voters living in states with statewide elections, such as Virginia and New Jersey. Though much of the national spotlight focused on these high-profile races, the hotline also received many calls from voters in Georgia, Michigan, Arizona, California, and Texas.
Reports from the hotline also demonstrate continued confusion about voter ID requirements, including states with and without photo ID requirements.
Many thanks to our partners NALEO and AAJC, who led 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA, and 1-888-API-VOTE, respectively, as well as Common Cause, Advancement Project, State Voices, Virginia New Majority.
Election Protection is the nation's largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Through its suite of hotlines, including the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline (1-866-687-8683), administered by the Lawyers’ Committee, and dedicated team of legal experts and trained volunteers, Election Protection helps all American voters, including traditionally disenfranchised groups, gain access to the polls and overcome obstacles to voting. The coalition has more than 100 partners - including the NAACP, National Bar Association, Native Vote, Asian-American Justice Center, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund (NALEO), New Organizing Institute, Rock the Vote, the Hip Hop Caucus, Verified Voting Foundation, Advancement Project, National Education Association and the Brennan Center for Justice - at the national, state and local level and is providing voter protection services nationwide
For more information about Election Protection, the 1-866-OUR-VOTE Hotline, please visit: www.866ourvote.org.